Ramona launches in Greenpoint
East Village bar Elsa spins off with a Greenpoint sibling, offering barrel-aged and tap cocktails.
Mon Dec 23 2013
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Black Book at Ramona
Stylish East Village bar Elsa may have been rooted in the Old World—with an on-site dandy-suit tailor to boot—but its Greenpoint sister is cut from a more modern cloth. Owners Natalka Burian, Scott and Jay Schneider experiment with en vogue techniques such as barrel-aging, tap cocktails and a slushie machine for potent frozen drinks. The crew also crafts its own syrups and infusions for drinks like the Boxer Beetle (blackberry bourbon, Elsa's Rose Hip Grenadine, lemon, allspice dram and rosemary) and A Spoken Era (vodka, cranberry-vanilla reduction, citrus bitters and sage leaf). Drinkers can offset the booze with bar bites including meat-and-cheese plates and house-roasted nuts. Decor should be familiar to Greenpoint bargoers—the white walls and salvaged wood bar are hallmarks of the hOme design firm, which styled Elsa years before becoming the go-to designers for nearby cool-kid haunts like Tørst and Alameda. 113 Franklin St between Greenpoint Ave and Kent St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (347-227-8164, ramonabarnyc.com)